Clueless! Calls for inquiry into police probe on Gatwick drone chaos

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Police have today been slammed for their 'appalling investigation' into the Gatwick chaos after they held a married couple for nearly two days without charge before admitting 'there may never have been a drone.'

Paul and Elaine Kirk-Gait returned to their home in Crawley, West Sussex this morning after spending more than 36 hours being questioned by detectives over the device that brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill.

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As the culprit remains at large four days after the attack which grounded more than 1,000 flights and 14,000 passengers, police have been accused of failing to interview colleagues who could have vouched for the couple's whereabouts.

Friends and family repeatedly insisted the pair were not the 'Eco-warriors' behind the attack and claimed officers under pressure to get results had 'hastily' arrested the wrong couple.

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As Sussex Police this afternoon confirmed they have found a 'damaged drone' close to Gatwick, Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said there was 'no available footage and they are relying on witness accounts.'

This comes despite witnesses providing MailOnline with video footage of drones hovering above the airspace last week.

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Asked about speculation there was never a drone, he said: 'Of course, that's a possibility. We are working with human beings saying they have seen something.'

The airport has now offered a £50,000 reward to catch the suspect who operated the device.

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Four days after the drone attack that brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill, it has emerged that:

Detectives hunting the Gatwick Airport drone operator insist they are 'not back to square one.'

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Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said one of the 'working theories' was that the damaged drone found close to the airport in Horley was responsible for causing the disruption.

He said: 'Until we've got more clarity around what they've said, the detail - the time, place, direction of travel, all...
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